This quote, thinking about words and stories we might use to talk about “resurrection”, from this post by Sheila Pritchard: “…"it's a process... life, growth, aging, decay, death and re-cycling…”
“…Peter was done with grieving, done with trying to work out what to do next. The big dream was over--the hope of a Messiah to liberate them politically, the anticipation of a new kingdom, a new order, a new life. Jesus was risen and that meant joy, but it didn't change the fact that life couldn't continue as it had done for the last couple of years. Somehow they had to go back to their old lives and pick up where they'd left off…
… Even going fishing, you see, was never going to be the same again. It wouldn't really matter what Peter did from then on: none of it would ever be a matter of going back to what he did before. Everything would look different, smell different, taste different, because Jesus had walked through Peter's life, just as God had walked past Moses on the mountain top, and Peter had seen the glory of God just as surely as Moses had. Peter could go fishing any time he liked--he would always be a fisherman. What he couldn't do was go backwards.
Recognizing that Easter is 50 days long is important if, somehow, you have arrived at Easter morning and you don't feel overjoyed; don't feel much hope for the future. There are seasons in our lives when Lent is a more comfortable place to be, because it reflects our doubts and our struggles. Even if joy hasn't materialized for you yet, it's still a promise of things to come: a promise that the absence of God has been penetrated with light on the horizon, and the silence of the early morning is not hollow but hopeful, as if heaven is holding its breath, waiting for us to catch sight of it. We may still live with the frustration (like Moses) that all we can see is God's retreating back. But one day we will see face to face. We can never just go back to where we were before…”
And finally, this line from Barry Taylor talking about "darkness" in relation to Easter Saturday and life in general: "..Lately I am learning to let it be and not try and rush to discover a way through it but rather to spend time in that space and let it give me it's treasures, whatever they may be..."
Holy Week brings with is such a rich number of entry points into both the Jesus-story, and equally into our all together human stories; our struggles and our questing for richer, deeper, more whole and holy experiences of becoming more intergrated and authentically and compelling human, reflecting in that journey the humanity of he whom we call the "second Adam".